According to the findings of a recent poll, the greatest regret for the over 50s is not travelling enough, with 91% of them wishing they’d seen more of the world.
The good news is that two thirds of those polled said they were already planning to make up for it by jetting off to different destinations around the world.
Regardless of whether you have lots of travel experience or not, there are a few things you may need to consider when travelling abroad as a mature traveller.
Choosing the right destination
Booking a holiday to a cheap destination in the sun such as Ibiza or Magaluf may seem attractive, particularly if you’ve been there before and enjoyed it. However, as a mature traveller, do you really want to be surrounded by loud, party-going revellers that flock to these resorts in huge numbers?
What might have seemed like a boring holiday in your 20s may just be the perfect place to visit as an over 50s traveller. From a luxury cruise to the road-trip you’ve always dreamed of, adventure comes in all shapes and sizes.
When travelling abroad, it’s essential that you have travel insurance in case anything goes wrong. Although, one of the main disadvantages for older travellers is that they encounter much higher insurance premiums, particularly if they’re over 65.
Shopping around for companies that specialise in travel insurance for people over 50 will often give the best value for money and many will be able to provide tailor-made options to cover almost any medical needs.
Health & Well-being
If you’re jetting abroad, ensure you’re vaccinated against any diseases before you go. Your local GP will offer some vaccinations for free, but others can cost around £50. Some even require more than one dose, meaning costs shoot up quickly. To find out which you need, the NHS Fit For Travel website has a handy country-by-country guide.
Consider Travel Options
Before booking a car hire for your holidays you might want to consider some alternatives. Unnecessary car hire can be expensive and stressful, particularly if your journey begins from a major city destination.
If you plan to spend most of your time lounging in the sun rather than travelling, a few taxi rides may be cheaper and more convenient than hiring a car. Check out the international taxi fare calculator to get an estimate of what journeys might cost.
Do your research
Whether you’re looking for ideas on a suitable holiday destination or have another travel related query, there are several sites and forums out there dedicated to helping mature travellers, with personal advice on everything from car hire and insurance, to holiday packages and attraction reviews.